Archive for January 31st, 2007

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Reports of my buyout are greatly exaggerated

Knicks Rumors & News

So says Knicks guard Steve Francis, who rejoined the team on Monday, though he claims he is still two weeks away from a return to game action. Francis has been undergoing rehab for knee tendinitis in Houston, and last played on December 29th. During the hiatus, rumors swirled that Francis and the team were mutually interested in negotiating a buyout, but were unable to come to an agreement. Says Francis, “I’ve never heard of that. That was never mentioned. I don’t know where that came from.”

Hel freezes over

Yankees Rumors & News

So much for that. Apparently the trade talks between Boston and Colorado have broken down now that the Sox have refused to sweeten their offer for Todd Helton. Boston was looking to acquire the 33-year-old first baseman in exchange for two mid-level prospects under the condition that Colorado would pay a portion of the $90 million owed to Helton. In addition, Boston was hoping that the Rockies would take two veteran contracts off their hands – Mike Lowell and Julian Tavarez. Rockies owner Charles Monfort issued a statement stating that discussions had officially collapsed, and the Rockies are ready to move forward with Helton on board. It’s unknown how Helton will feel about returning to Colorado now that he knows ownership was looking to unload him. Likewise, there will be bridges to mend in Boston. According to the Boston Globe, the Sox were “not pleased” that the names of Lowell and Tavarez were leaked by Monfort.

There is some question, however, whether …

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